Winthrop University: ONCA - Award Listings - Awards in the Arts, Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
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Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA)

Award Listings

Arts, Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences


Undergraduate Study and Internships

  • Truman Scholarship for juniors committed to pursuing graduate study and public service careers


 Graduate Study and Research

  • Emerson Hunger Fellowships recent graduates who want to gain field experience and develop leadership skills in social justice fields
  • Fulbright Awards for graduating seniors, recent graduates and graduate students to teach English or pursue graduate study/research abroad
The Carnegie Endowment's Junior Fellows Program

Description: The Carnegie Endowment offers up to ten one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates, especially in political science, international studies, the climate, etc. Positions are paid, full-time positions for one year. A full benefits package is also provided.

Eligibility: Graduating seniors - must not have yet started graduate study.
Information: (application available only through ONCA director)
ONCA Deadline:
December 15

College to Congress

Description: Most college students receiving financial aid can't afford to take a summer off paid work to intern in Congress for free. And few have the political connections to secure themselves a spot even if they decide to take the opportunity. College to Congress wants to help you land your dream internship in Congress and give you the means to make it happen. Congressional interns develop their leadership skills, obtain policy knowledge and get to work on America's toughest challenges. The internship program is nine weeks long and takes place during the summer months before Congress heads into recess.

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 20 years of age on or before the first day of the internship, junior or senior class standing, and eligible for a FAFSA Federal Pell Grant.
ONCA Deadline:
September 15

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics

Description: Elie Wiesel and his wife, Marion, established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity soon after he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize for Peace. The Foundation's mission, rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, is to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding and equality. The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest was established in 1989 as an annual competition designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action. Winners receive cash prizes.

Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate juniors and seniors at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the US.
ONCA Deadline: December 1

Emerson Hunger Fellowships

Description: The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a social justice program that trains, inspires, and sustains leaders. Fellows gain field experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community based organizations across the country, and policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. The program bridges community-based efforts and national public policy, and fellows develop as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.

Eligibility: Recent college graduates are encouraged to apply.  Fellows typically bring a variety of academic backgrounds and life experiences to the program, but all have leadership experience and a firm commitment to social justice.  Most Fellows have been involved in service or advocacy work, but there is no specific anti-hunger service criteria required for selection.
ONCA Deadline:
December 1

FTE: Fund for Theological Education

Description: From fellowships for prospective and current seminary students to recruitment initiatives for congregations, this program includes financial support for undergraduate students who intend to continue on to a ministry and support in the first and/or second year of seminary. 

Eligibility: U.S. or Canadian citizens who are current sophomores or juniors at a college or university considering ministry as a career can apply for the undergraduate fellowships. GPA of 3.0 or above. Graduate fellowship applicants must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen 35 years of age or younger planning to enroll or enrolled in a Master of Divinity program.
ONCA Deadline: February 1 for the undergraduate fellowship nominations. Nominees will be contacted by email and invited to submit an application to the ONCA office by March 1. Graduate applications are due March 1 (Ministry Fellow) and April 1 (Congregational and VEV).

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Description: Grants available for international graduate study/research, English teaching, storytelling, critical language learning and public health fellowships.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens who are graduating seniors, recent graduates, or graduate students who will earn or have earned a bachelor's degree or the equivalent before the grant starts.
Deadline: March 1

James Madison Memorial Fellowship

Description: The Madison Fellowship provides stipends for one or two years of graduate study leading to either a Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, or Master of Education with an emphasis on American history, government, political science, or other relevant concentration.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals who are seniors, recent graduates, or graduate students. Applicants must be  teachers (Senior Fellowships), or plan to become teachers (Junior Fellowships), of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level. After earning the master's degree, a James Madison Fellow is required to teach one of the above classes in grades 7-12 for one year per each full academic year of study under the fellowship.
Deadline: March 1

Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship

Description:  Fellowhips available for advanced study in the U.S. or abroad in any field of music, architectural design and history, art and design, theatre, dance, landscape architecture, or urban and regional planning. 

Eligibility: Must have earned a bachelor's degree in an arts discipline.
 Deadline: November 15

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Description: NSF fellowships support outstanding graduate students in the relevant STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in the sciences, mathematics, physics, biology, social sciences, engineering, and the history and philosophy of science.

Eligibility: Must be US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents; college seniors, first-year graduate students. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply.
ONCA Deadline: October 1

Newhouse Foundation Graduate Newspaper Fellowship for Minorities

Description: Awards two fellowships each year to minority students who have majored in subjects other than journalism as undergraduates and want to pursue journalism careers. Students commit to 18 months of graduate study followed by 12 months of professional reporting as apprentices with The Syracuse Post-Standard or another Newhouse newspaper. The fellowship includes tuition, a monthly stipend, and relocation expenses.

Eligibility: MA program applicants to Syracuse University's Newhouse school of public communications.  Applicants must not have majored in journalism at the undergraduate level.
Information: For program information, see
ONCA Deadline:
  January 15

New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Internships

Description: The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers in art museums. Based upon their academic training and interests, as well as the availability of projects, interns work in one of the Metropolitan's departments: curatorial, education, conservation, administration, or library.

Eligibility: Requirements vary depending on the specific internship. In general, a strong knowledge of art history is required. Internships are open to both U.S. citizens and non-citizens. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
ONCA Deadline: December 1

Organization of American States Fellowships

Description: The Department of Human Development of the Organization of American States (OAS) administers one of the hemisphere's largest multinational fellowships and training programs. OAS offers fellowships for graduate study or research in the Americas in any field except medical and related fields and introductory language studies. Awards are tenable for at least 3 months and up to 2 years and provide travel expenses, tuition, special fees, study materials, and a subsistence allowance.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a university degree, know the language of their host country, and secure acceptance at chosen university, study center, or research site.
Deadline: March 15

Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA)

Description: The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a national program that prepares young adults for an advanced degree and ultimately for careers and influential roles serving the public good. The PPIA Fellowship Program is designed to prepare college juniors or rising seniors from diverse backgrounds for graduate studies in public and/or international affairs and groom them for professional roles in public service. Full tuition to attend PPIA Junior Summer Institute, plus a stipend, financial contribution toward graduate school tuition, and eligibility for paid internships and other professional development opportunities.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens who have completed junior year with at least one semester of undergraduate study remaining. Must be committed to completing a graduate degree in public and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools. Must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public service such as government, nonprofits, humanitarian and international organizations, and other related programs. Must contribute to the diversity of perspectives. Economic need is given consideration.
Application Information:
ONCA Deadline:
October 15



The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship

Description: The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The goal of the fellowship program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.

Eligibility: Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered. Must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher. At the time of application, candidates must be seeking admission to graduate school for the following academic year. Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master's degree program in either public policy, international affairs, or public administration, or in an academic field such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages (U.S. graduate institutions only).
ONCA Deadline: January 15

Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society

Description: Sigma Tau Delta offers a variety of scholarships valued at up to $5,000 each to it's members. Applications are judged based on academics and service, as well as on the quality of writing in essays or statements that are required for the scholarships.

Eligibility: Membership in Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society
ONCA Deadline:
March 10 (scholarship for study abroad during Fall semester), November 10 (scholarships for study abroad during Spring semester), March 10 (all other scholarships).

Smithsonian Institution Fellowships, Grants, and Internships

Description: Smithsonian Institution offers a wide range of support for internships, research and study at a variety of levels in fields actively pursued by its museums, research institutes, and research offices, including Latino and Native American Community Fellowships.

Eligibility: Open to all
Application Information:
ONCA Deadlines: Varies for internships. December 15 for fellowships.

Society for the Psychological Study of Applied Social Issues  (SPSSI)

Description: Program designed to encourage research, intervention projects, nonpartisan lobbying for legislation, and writing and implementing public policy. This organization page lists numerous, major fellowships and funding opportunities that may be of benefit to SPSSI student members. A brief description, summary of eligibility criteria, and contact information are provided for each fellowship. Deadline dates are noted in caps next to the name of the Fellowship. Dates with asterisks (*) indicate the expected deadline listed is based on last year's competition. Recipient awards cover research costs, community, organizing, summer stipends, and other related expenses. Proposals are invited for applying social science principles to social issues.

Eligibility: Applicants may be from fields of psychology, applied social science, and related disciplines. College seniors and graduate students who are SPSSI student members may apply.
ONCA Deadlines: Vary by award

Truman Scholarship

Description: The Truman Scholarship assists future leaders in public service and government with funding for the senior year of undergraduate study and two or three years of graduate study.

Eligibility: Applicants should be U.S. citizens who have junior class standing with a B average and a major or career interest in public service.
ONCA Deadline: January 15

Last Updated: 2/13/20